October 17, 2010 19:01 ET

Secure Your Home to Protect Your Car, Warns Swinton

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Oct. 17, 2010) - Swinton insurance is warning homeowners to secure their homes adequately to protect their cars after an increase in break ins to steal car keys.

Car security systems have improved greatly over the years meaning that car thieves need the actual car keys to steal the car, and according to the British Insurance Brokers association, this type of car crime is on the rise.

Swinton, the UK's leading high street retailer of home insurance is warning homeowners not to be caught out by a double home insurance and car insurance claim and ensure their homes are adequately secured.

Swinton is offering the following tips to keep homes secure:

  • Never hide spare house keys under the mat or flowerpots, these are the first places a thief will look
  • Hide car keys out of view from windows or doors
  • Never have your car and home keys on the same bunch
  • Never leave your keys on the inside of a locked door, a thief could use a wire and hook to take the keys out
  • Always keep your house locked, even when you are at home, it only takes a few seconds for a thief to slip in and out unnoticed

Steve Chelton, Insurance Development Manager at Swinton said, "As car security becomes more sophisticated thieves have to come up with ways to steal car keys so homes become the primary target. By investing in additional security measure you can ensure the safety of your home and your car."

About Swinton

  • With 603 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer
  • Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community
  • Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance
  • A dedicated team of advisors is on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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